One of my favorite discoveries during my undergraduate years at DeSales University, Possession by A.S. Byatt has become one of my favorite literary love stories. Set in England, it tells the story of two young scholars, Roland and Maude, researching the lives of two Victorian poets Christabel LaMotte and Randolph Henry Ash. Through a series of journals, letters and poems, they unearth evidence of a long-forgotten secret romance between LaMotte and Ash that has the power to alter the direction of their research and literary history. The pair’s quest for concrete proof leads them on journey across England and France to trace the steps of LaMotte and Ash and uncover how their story ended. However, they are not the only ones searching for the truth, and they soon find themselves racing against another pair of academics with less than noble goals. As they piece together each piece of evidence and the passionate affair comes to light, Maude and Roland find themselves igniting a spark of their own, one they find they cannot ignore. A stunning juxtaposition of historical and modern-day romance, Byatt’s Possession is a passionate love story seeping with mystery and intrigue that will consume you from the very first page.
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